Coffee, Diabetes, Health Benefits

Coffee may reduce diabetes risk

Comments Off on Coffee may reduce diabetes risk 20 April 2010

Kathleen Evans/The Daily
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

OU Health Sciences Center researchers found that drinking a large amount of coffee can reduce the risk of diabetes among American Indians.

The study, conducted by Ying Zhang for almost eight years, compared the incidence of diabetes across different groups of coffee drinkers. Those who drank more than 12 cups of coffee per day were 67 percent less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which one has high blood sugar because the body and its hormones cannot properly process it, according to the American Medical Association.

Despite the findings, however, researchers do not recommend people drink 12 cups of coffee per day, and they are in the process of finding what exactly causes the reduced risk of diabetes. Certain compounds have been identified as possibilities, but the exact one is not yet known.

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